Posts by Tyler Omichinski


By Tyler Omichinski Though not a legal issue per se, Community Supported Fisheries (CSFs) represent a new and unique business model to develop fisheries. Taking this business model from Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), it rests upon two key concepts: 1)   The subscription business model: this is accomplished through most CSFs requiring individuals to pay up front for the upcoming year. This can be accomplished in multiple ways,...

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By Tyler Omichinski A variety of improvements to the ITQ system have been suggested to better address the social issues which occur as a result of this system. The question, then, is why the American and Canadian governments have been slow to adapt these recommendations into actual management practices. The closest system that has been developed is the recent Community Quota Entity (CQE) program that has been developed solely for...

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By Tyler Omichinski Despite the political assertions that the new EU-Canada free trade deal will be a major boon for fisheries industries, the situation is actually more complex. The trade deal, as currently reported, will result in the removal of tariffs on seafood within seven years.[1] Government representatives have touted the advantages that there will be for shrimp and lobster producers in expanding into Europe. It is true that...

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Between Sea Shepard v Cetacean[1] and the recent accusations by Russia that Greenpeace protestors are pirates, it appears to be in vogue to accuse environmentalist groups of piracy due to their activities on the sea. Combined with other measures to push environmental protests to the periphery of accepted society leads to an unfortunate precedent. This piece will go over the areas of the piracy test which countries are attempting to...

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You may have seen the recent news article which alleges that Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) will open our ports to European ships as it requires them to be given Most-Favoured-Nation (MFN) status. If you have not yet read it, I highly suggest you take a look at it here. The piece I am citing, from Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), alleges that this will prevent Canadian fisheries from being able to utilize a key...

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